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Kali Hawk (born October 4, 1986) is an American actress, comedian and model. She has starred in films such as Fifty Shades of Black, Couples Retreat, Bridesmaids and Tyler Perry Presents Peeples. She recurred as Shelby in New Girl and currently co-starred in the first two seasons of the Adult Swim series Black Jesus.

Kali Hawk
Born (1986-10-04) October 4, 1986 (age 33)[1]
OccupationActress, comedian, model
Years active1997–present

Life and careerEdit

Hawk was raised in Manhattan.[2] Her father was in merchandising and her mother was a buyer for Bloomingdale's.[2] She is of African-American, Native American, and German Jewish ancestry.[3] She attended State University of New York at Purchase.

She has appeared in several commercials and music videos, and she competed in the fifth season of Last Comic Standing in 2007.

Hawk has appeared in numerous comedy films, including Couples Retreat, Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids, Peeples, Answer This! and Fifty Shades of Black.

In 2012, Hawk was added to the cast of the In Living Color reboot pilot, which did not go forward.[4] She also recurred in the sitcom New Girl as Shelby.

In 2019, Hawk was added to the cast of the ABC television series Schooled playing Wilma, a science teacher who was poached from an elite school to teach at William Penn Academy.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Mighty Times: The Children's March Lenore Documentary short
2006 Where Is Love Waiting Faith
2006 Holla Caprices
2007 Lovers & Haters The One Short film
2007 Caregiver Tania Video
2008 Killer Sound Short film
2009 Pushing Thirty Rio Video
2009 Couples Retreat Trudy
2010 Get Him to the Greek Kali
2011 Bridesmaids Kahlua
2011 Answer This! Shelly
2011 Black and Jewish (Black and Yellow Parody) Short film
2011 Answers to Nothing Allegra
2011 Let Go Angela
2012 Crispus Attucks: Today Was a Good Day Video short
2013 Peeples Gloria Peeples
2013 Another Happy Anniversary Susan Short film
2013 Little Horribles Short film
2015 November Rule Theresa
2016 Fifty Shades of Black Hannah Steele
2016 The Bounce Back Jessica Williams
2018 White Chocolate Anara Tomai
2018 The Truth About Christmas Jillian


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Untold Stories of the E.R. L. Montana EMT Episode: "Motorcycle Runs Over"
2008 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Nurse Episode: "6.94"
2011 Are We There Yet? Danielle Episode: "The Play Dates Episode"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Minutes Episode: "Time Angels"
2012 New Girl Shelby Recurring role (7 episodes)
2012-2013 Let's Stay Together Connie Episodes: "No Weddings and a Funeral", "Creepers", "See, What Happened Was"
2013 In the Meantime Jazz TV film
2014 Psych Emanuelle Episode: "COG Blocked"
2014 Black Jesus Maggie Regular, seasons 1-2
2016 Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself Episodes: "#HollywoodTooBlack Part 1", "#HollywoodTooBlack Part 2"
2017 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Red Action Voice role
2017–18 The Mayor Amber Recurring role (2 episodes)


  1. ^ "Kali Hawk". Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Runway ® - Celebrity Fashion Magazine - Kali Instincts". Runway ® - Celebrity Fashion Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  3. ^ "'Black and Jewish' Success Surprised Rising Multi-Talent Kali Hawk". Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Meet The New Cast Of FOX's 'In Living Color' Reboot". The Huffington Post. April 3, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (3 August 2019). "'Schooled': Kali Hawk Joins ABC Comedy As Series Regular". Deadline. Retrieved 3 August 2019.

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